The BBC election night programme spanned a marathon twenty hours of live broadcasting, drew in results from 649 constituencies across the UK, and relied on Idonix graphics automation to tell the story of the night.
Numbers obviously play a huge part in live election coverage, so a correspondingly huge amount of technology is required to process and present these numbers.
The BBC needed a system that could:
Idonix supplied a scripted IGO system to drive the three render heads required by David Dimbleby’s graphics operation, along with suitably formatted data for Jeremy Vine's VR graphics and Emily Maitlis's touch screen. The system incorporated nine concurrent users inputting graphics and driving them to air, and integrated into real-time XML data feeds from the results servers.
A second system was installed at the BBC's Pacific Quays studios in Glasgow, providing graphics to BBC Scotland's English and Gaelic language services.
Straight-to-air generation of results tally and headline flashes.
IGO’s output device interlocking allows four workstations to concurrently drive a single render head.
Speedy input of templated “type-in” graphics, with formatting and image selectors.
"IGOView" monitoring feeds to information displays hidden in David Dimbleby’s desk.
IGO's results processing determines which parties are represented on the graphics, and intelligently applies rounding and formatting rules.
The "IGOBridge" service keeps implementation resources synchronised between sites, whilst keeping graphics separate.